Bud Ziolkowski from Clear Creek Weavers came to campus on October 26th to conduct an Adirondack pack basket workshop for 8 enthusiastic participants.
Nancy Palmateer working on a pack basket.
Everyone in the group was able to complete a basket, and it was great way to spend a rainy Saturday. Bud is an enthusiastic teacher and made the experience fun (and painless!), and the day went very quickly. I hope to be able to weave another basket soon!
On Tuesday morning, the Alexander String Quartet visited the gallery and played while students from Karen Gibson’s FYP (Children’s Literature and Its Life-Long Lessons) engaged in a drawing assignment. The members of the ASQ seem to enjoy interacting with students — especially Sandy Wilson (cello) and Paul Yarbrough (viola), who added historical context to the music that the group played. I forget the individual pieces that were played, but they began with Mozart and followed that with Ravel and then Britten.
Last week, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan from Peace Paper were on campus to conduct Panty Pulping workshops in papermaking and printmaking. Drew and Margaret have been on campus before to for workshops and to make paper, but this was the first time that panties have been pulped on campus!
As they describe the project, “Panty Pulping workshops bring people together to share their strengths and joy through the transformation of their most intimate garments into paper. The concept of creating paper from clothing with personal significance reaches a new level as participants of all ages snip, beat, and reform their underwear together. When we pulp our underwear, we make a statement that violence will not be tolerated. We stand together in solidarity for survivors, for the global advancement of women, and for creative revolutions.”
This week-long, multi-layered event brought awareness of sexual assault to a wide audience through active participation and hands-on learning. The content is social activism through the vehicle of art-making.
Contemporary art blog Flak Photo recently featured the work of photographer Kyle Ford. The photograph selected for the site, Before the Slaughter, is from Ford’s FOREVER WILD series and appeared on June 27. A selection of Ford’s photographs will be included in The Adirondacks: One Dish, One Spoon, which will open in August here at the Brush Gallery. One Dish, One Spoon will feature a range of artworks and artifacts related to the Adirondacks, both conceptually and geographically.
The exhibition, a joint art installation by two St. Lawrence University faculty members, biologist Alex Schreiber and bio-archaeologist Mindy Pitre, and Pitre’s research partner, bio-archaeologist Pamela Mayne Correia, presents photomicrographs of biological specimens, including frogs, fish and human beings. The artists selected images for their aesthetic appeal and scientific value to explore the intersection of art and science.
Additional information about Morphographica is available on the Brush Gallery site.
Top: Mindy Pitre, Bubbles. Bottom: Alex Schreiber, A wandering eye.
Installation shots of the exhibition in Brockville:
Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo ’15 is presenting an exhibition of his photographs in the hallway gallery — the exhibition opens on Friday, April 26, as do three other student-driven exhibitions. Tzintzun’s exhibition, The Pozos Art Project, is based on the work he did last summer as part of his Tanner Fellowship.
Tzintzun will present a screening of his video work on Tuesday, April 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Griffiths 123. One video gives background information about the Pozos Art Project, with interviews of Geoff Winningham and Janice Freeman, who founded the project. Also included are interviews of students involved with the project and scenes from life in the town.
The Pozos Art Project exhibition includes work done by students that he taught over the summer while working in Mineral de Pozos, Mexico. There’s more information about the exhibition and the project that inspired it on the gallery’s web site.
But Tzintzun’s students also produced videos, learning editing and postproduction. One, Buena para Matar, a gangster micro-tale, can be seen here.
One component of our current exhibition, Game On! Art and Hockey, has a strong focus on our local hockey-loving community. The exhibition in the hallway includes photographs and memorabilia from the SLU athletics department, Special Collections in ODY, and from the Canton Town and Village archives, as well as from local hockey parents and fans. Students from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School made some hockey-inspired word portraits, three of which are in the exhibition.
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and also the first day of the spring semester here at St. Lawrence.
Signs Readied for Washington March, August 27, 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his landmark “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. This photograph was taken on August 27 as protesters prepared for the march. The gallery recently acquired a group of press photographs related to the civil rights movement in the US. We are working on digitizing these photographs, which will be studied this semester in Mary Jane Smith’s History 273 class, “The History of the Civil Rights Movement.”
A sacred song service called “Let Freedom Sing” will be held on Monday, January 21, at 5 p.m. in Gunnison Memorial Chapel for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. The service will include a reflection by President William L. Fox and is open to the public.